POLITICS

Politician's Claim As Tallest Might Be A Stretch

North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, Jon Godfread, said he will contest New York City councilman Robert Cornegy Jr.'s title.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It didn’t take long for a New York City councilman’s claim that he’s the world’s tallest male politician to draw some challenges.

Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn, was certified by Guinness World Records in January and honored for the distinction this week at a City Hall ceremony.

Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn, has been declared the world’s tallest male politician.
Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn, has been declared the world’s tallest male politician.

But North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, Jon Godfread, quickly stepped forward to say he will contest the title. Godfread, who played basketball at the University of Northern Iowa and played professionally in Germany, says he’s 6-11¾ (212 centimeters).

Brad Sellers, a former Ohio State and Chicago Bulls star listed at 7 feet (213 centimeters), also says he has a claim. Sellers is the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

 

North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, Jon Godfread, has stepped forward to say he will contest the title.
North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, Jon Godfread, has stepped forward to say he will contest the title.

Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming could top them all. Yao is a delegate in the advisory body to China’s National People’s Congress. He is listed at 7-feet-6 (228.6-centimeters).

Godfread says he didn’t know “being a tall politician was a thing.”

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